First Ward candidate forum rowdier than usual

Firing questions and criticisms, residents aimed their frustrations at two First Ward City Council candidates during a forum on Monday.

Festival honors Steve McQueen with stars and cars

On Saturday, the small town of Slater celebrated Steve McQueen Day. The event was a chance to celebrate the actor, who spent some of his childhood in the city. Many of the people at the event remember him as a humble person who didn’t let Hollywood corrupt him.

One Read, two choices

Voting for the 2008 One Read book selection opens on Tuesday at locations around Columbia.

Election reform bills heard in Senate committee

Missouri legislators are proposing bills to overhaul many state election procedures.

Electric companies report results of Columbia's involvement in Earth Hour effort

During Earth Hour, Columbia Water and Light measured a reduction in electrical use, but Boone Electric Cooperative did not see a significant difference.

Missouri ripe for floods as farmers wait to plant

A four-month period of high precipitation levels coupled with Monday’s rainfall has increased the likelihood of future flooding.

Village Wine and Cheese Restaurant closes

After seven years, the Village Wine and Cheese Restaurant closed because of “marginal operations.”

MU administrator opposes alternative teacher certification bill

An associate dean of the College of Education at MU opposes a Senate bill allowing an out-of-state organization to certify elementary and high school teachers. Despite the opposition, the bill was passed 6-1 by the special House Student Achievement Committee and has been referred to the Rules Committee.

BUS-eum, a museum on wheels, displays World War II artifacts

BUS-eum, a museum on wheels, rolled into Columbia today, displaying its World War II exhibit, “VANISHED,” at Columbia Public Library. The exhibit contains artifacts belonging to German Americans interned in the U. S. between 1941 and 1948

Missouri farmers to increase soybean and wheat acreage

Farmers say they intend to plant the most acres of wheat and soybeans since the late 1990s, hoping to cash in on high commodity prices by using double cropping and planting land that was formerly protected under Conservation Reserve Program contracts.

Strings, saxophones take top Plowman prizes

Jasper String Quartet of Rice University in Houston won the $5,000 grand prize in the third annual Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The third annual Plowman, which began Friday, attracted 26 ensembles representing 20 universities from across the country.

UM spokesman announces resignation

Scott Charton, director of communications for the UM System since 2005, resigned Monday and said he will be forming his own communications and consulting company.

School board vice president stays busy with Columbia activities

Darin Preis balances family with the his numerous involvements throughout Columbia, including his role as vice president of the Columbia School Board.

Veterinarian Rose brings experience in business, with children

Columbia School Board candidate Tom Rose says he wants to help balance the budget and narrow the achievement gap.

Education an investment in Missouri’s future

The many facets of higher education make the University of Missouri System a good investment for the state.

Citizens and the government should take responsibility for mortgage, food crisis

We lost a lot in our move from an agricultural to an urban society: Such things as realizing the importance of families working together, a willingness of neighbors to help neighbors, an appreciation of our relationship with nature and an understanding of death in the natural order.

Letter: Segert’s school board candidacy exciting

Ines Segert would bring energy and open-mindedness to the Columbia School Board.